HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Access to land and resources» in Africa
HEKS/EPER operates in six countries in Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Niger, Senegal, South Sudan and Zimbabwe. Rural community development is central to its commitment. HEKS/EPER supports smallholder families in building better, more stable livelihoods through improved access to drinking water and land, natural resource preservation, the use of organic farming methods and through disaster preparedness measures. Smallholder families enhance their food security, diversify their income streams and are better protected against drought and flooding. In times of acute famine HEKS/EPER and its local partner organizations provide humanitarian aid. HEKS/EPER also promotes prevention and conflict resolution in tense situations.
Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER)
Phone: +41 44 360 88 10
Rural communities need unimpeded access to natural resources such as land, water, pastures, savannahs or forests if they are to develop. The possibility to use these resources is critical to fighting hunger and poverty. Agriculture is, after all, the most important source of income for many rural communities. With crop farming, small plantations, livestock rearing, fishing or gathering they can secure their food supply and generate income by selling their produce. Land also serves communities as living space and reinforces cultural and spiritual identity. Many rural communities still lack access to land or risk losing it despite existing or traditional law. HEKS/EPER therefore helps them, through numerous projects, to secure long-term access to land and resources, both practically and legally.
A better life for the people of North Kivu
Poverty and violence are widespread in the DRC. HEKS/EPER is enhancing the social and economic conditions of rural communities in North Kivu Province.
Senegal Country Programme
Livelihoods for small farmers and cattle rearers
HEKS/EPER supports people in Senegal in securing access to land, in sustainably managing natural resources and in tapping new sources of income.
Ethiopia Country Programme
Strengthening personal initiative – alleviating poverty
Stable livelihoods for farmers and cattle rearers
HEKS/EPER supports the rural population in the Maradi and Zinder regions in building up profitable and sustainable agricultural production and in livestock farming.